4973. Green bank (68)

Haka, Greenbank, Bristol, January 2023
Haka, Greenbank, Bristol, January 2023

Haka has been living in a purple patch of form for at least a year, and pretty much all of his work over that time has featured children’s book or comic book characters. In this piece he has painted a brilliant Percival Proudfoot Plugsley (or Plug as he was known) from the Beano Bash Street Kids.

Haka, Greenbank, Bristol, January 2023
Haka, Greenbank, Bristol, January 2023

The portrait also doubles up as the second ‘A’ in HAKA. Haka has brought a lot of joy to Bristol’s streets, shining a little light on his world of bringing up a young family, with loads of children’s characters. Gotta love this one.

4972. Dean Lane skate park (559)

Mind Control, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2023
Mind Control, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2023

As artists develop, they often change their names or identities, and that has happened with Mind Control, who naw goes by the name Mind 49. This kind of name change presents me with a bit of a conundrum. Do I continue my posts referring to the artist under their old name (which makes my whole system of filing and archiving so much easier) or switch to their new name? As you can see from the image captions, I have decided to go with Mind Control’s old name for the time being.

Mind Control, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2023
Mind Control, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2023

Mind Control has come such a long way, and his latent talent as a teenager is shining through now. This portrait piece in the tunnel is a first-class piece of art, that has a strong fine art feel to it. I have commented before that Mind Control’s work always seems to have an element of menace and I sense that here… the covering of the face and the chain tell you that all is not entirely well here. A fine piece indeed.

4971. Dean Lane skate park (560)

Rusk and Shade One, Dean Lane, Bristol, January 2022
Rusk and Shade One, Dean Lane, Bristol, January 2022

Well, Rusk and Shade One have done it again with this collaboration and completely blown me away. This is their second recent collaboration in this spot, and with any luck, there will be more to follow. The writing and character formula seems to work so very well with these two, and although there is no crossover of style, there is something complementary about the two pieces.

Rusk, Dean Lane, Bristol, January 2022
Rusk, Dean Lane, Bristol, January 2022

To the left is some very tidy writing from Rusk, which stands proud from the wall with some clever fills, shading and shadows. There is a kind of metallic feel to these letters which are filled exquisitely.

Shade One, Dean Lane, Bristol, January 2022
Shade One, Dean Lane, Bristol, January 2022

To the right is the Shade One portrait of a woman, but I am not too sure who the subject is. With each new piece, Shade One is gently transitioning from a cartoon style to something more photorealistic, and I have to say that I am loving it. Another terrific collaboration from these two.

4970. St Werburghs tunnel (340)

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Kid Krishna, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2022
Kid Krishna, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2022

have now met Kid Krishna twice in the space of a week, in pretty much exactly the same spot, which is pretty amazing really, given that I had never met him before that. He seems to like painting in the tunnel area, and this stunner was painted about a week before I met him.

Kid Krishna, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2022
Kid Krishna, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2022

A notable thing about Kid Krishna’s work is that is very often very intricate and busy, and of all the writing in Bristol, his letters are the ones I struggle with the most. The creature in the middle of the piece is, I am guessing, a spider from Mars and is in such stark contrast to the writing. This is the work of a very talented artist.

4969. Brunel Way (189)

Cobo, Brunel Way, Bristol, January 2023
Cobo, Brunel Way, Bristol, January 2023

One of the artefacts of the way I plan my blog posts is that I am always running a few weeks behind the time that the pieces were painted. So here we are on Sunday 21 January and I am posting a Christmas piece by Cobo.

Cobo, Brunel Way, Bristol, January 2023
Cobo, Brunel Way, Bristol, January 2023

This is an absolute chrome beauty by New Zealand artist Cobo, whose writing is out of the top drawer. In this piece, his wonderfully stylised letters are accompanied by a cat and a sign saying merry Christmas. I love a street art cat, and must, one day, get my act sorted out and d a gallery of street art cats. It will happen. In the mean time you’ll just have to enjoy this lovely fella.

4968. Purdown (50)

Kool Hand, Purdown, Bristol, January 2023
Kool Hand, Purdown, Bristol, January 2023

My last visit to Purdown ended up being rather fruitful, which isn’t always the case. I have been up there to walk the dog of late and there has been absolutely nothing worth photographing, that is until now.

Kool Hand, Purdown, Bristol, January 2023
Kool Hand, Purdown, Bristol, January 2023

This is a rather nice crocodile piece by Kool Hand that has a little bit of a story going on. It looks like our croc friend is little hungry, tempted by a swimmer’s feet overhead. A but of fun on a small piece of wartime concrete from Kool Hand.

4967. St Werburghs tunnel (339)

3f Fino, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2023
3f Fino, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2023

Trainers are quite a common motif in street art, and this is a fine example from 3f Fino in the tunnel, painted during a recent paint jam with LRS crew friends. The brown shoe, nicely designed in a cartoon style, is stuck to the floor with some sticky green goo (chewing gum?), where we find the letters FINO. 3f Fino also recognises his crew with the letters LRS making it into the soul of the shoe.

3f Fino, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2023
3f Fino, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2023

Set on a red background, there is a lot to like about this piece, as it is different from the regular stuff you see on the street. 3f Fino is not short of a creative idea or two, and it is probably high time I published a gallery of his work.

As you read this post, I should be some 30,000 feet in the air, on my way to France. Timings of posts over the next week might vary, but I intend to continue posting while I am away.

Mr Draws, The Bearpit, Bristol, April 2018
Mr Draws, The Bearpit, Bristol, April 2018

4966. Greenbank (67)

Logoe, Greenbank, Bristol, January 2023
Logoe, Greenbank, Bristol, January 2023

The last couple of visits to Bristol by Logoe have resulted in only two or three pieces, which is worth mentioning, because typically we get to see a rash of five or six per visit. This piece was painted over the Christmas holiday period, I think, and bears all thee hallmarks of a great piece of Logoe writing.

Logoe, Greenbank, Bristol, January 2023
Logoe, Greenbank, Bristol, January 2023

The colours are suitably subtle, and the palette nicely worked out. The dots are rather different in so much as they are running in vertical rows rather than the customary horizontal splash we usually see. The letters ‘Logoe’ are really nicely written, but if I am perfectly honest, slightly masked by number and size of dots. Another fine piece of writing.